CL2EY1-Egypt and Greece: Hellenic Origins

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof Ian Rutherford


Summary module description:
A module examining relationships between Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt.

1) To gain an understanding of the evolution of Egyptian culture in the Late to Ptolemaic periods.
2) To explore the Greeks’ ambivalent relationship with Egyptians and their culture.
3) To study cases of interaction between Greek and Egyptian literature be it cultic texts or stories.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will:
- be able to identify and describe the range of sources that may be employed to study cultural interaction between Egypt and Greece from the Late to Ptolemaic periods;
- be able to discuss the key stereotypes pertaining to Egyptians found in Greek literature;
- be able to evaluate the impact of Greek culture upon Egypt during the Ptolemaic period;

Additional outcomes:
The module places a strong emphasis on group interaction and student participation. These skills will be augmented not only in the sessions but also through a series of varying practical exercises that bring the students closer to the ancient material. They will also develop their IT skills by the use of relevant web-resources.

Outline content:
Scribal practices and the Classics; Egypt in Homer and Greek Tragedy; Plato’s Atlantis; Herodotus and Diodorus on Egyptian History; Egyptian priests as Greek authors; Egyptian mythology and Classical sources; Ptolemaic sacerdotal decrees; the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course will be taught mainly in lectures in which student participation will be encouraged. There will also be seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Seminars 2
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
This module will be assessed by a commentary comparing extracts from two ancient sources (40%) due by 12 noon on Friday week 5 and an essay (60%) due by 12 noon on Friday week 10.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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